And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? (Here am I?)
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
The ideal answer from Adam would have been, “HERE AM I.”
God has mandated us with to train our children in the way they should go.
Let’s look at the Biblical importance of forty years –
The number 40 shows up often in the Bible. Because 40 appears so often in contexts dealing with judgment or testing, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.” …It does seem that God has chosen this number to help emphasize times of trouble and hardship.
The number forty can also represent a generation of man. Because of their sins after leaving Egypt, God swore that the generation of Israelites who left Egyptian bondage would not enter their inheritance in Canaan (Deuteronomy 1). The children of Israel were punished by wandering the wilderness for 40 years before a new generation was allowed to possess the promised land.
Forty is associated with almost each new development in the history of God’s mighty acts, especially of salvation, e.g. the Flood, redemption from Egypt, Elijah and the prophetic era, the advent of Christ and the birth of the church.
It is safe to say that forty years means a new season is unfolding. A new generation has risen.
I. Let us remain committed to the Christian education mandate.
We stand firm in our position that Christian Education is a mandate from God.
Education must be based on the Scriptures. This is our main foundation. Education must be theistic.
II. Let us remain dedicated to the philosophy of individualized education.
Reaching the world for Christ one child at a time.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
– Albert Einstein
III. Let us remain abandoned to the cause of Christ.
DISCIPLESHIP is falling in love with a voice and a vision that will carry you along the path of
loneliness, longing, and perhaps, even death, but a path of gladness.
– Winkey Pratney
Ekklesia (from preaching of an ACE graduate, Stephen Paul Ocampo)
A governmental term in Greek.
Ekklesia was a familiar word used to describe government.
It literally means a company set apart for the sole purpose of implementing and exporting the vision and values of the culture they are responsible for.
Have we set ourselves apart for the sole purpose of
implementing and exporting the vision and values of the culture
of Biblical, individualized system of education?
There is only one deserving of this kind of commitment and abandonment.
That is our Lord Jesus Christ.
The bottom line of the Christian Education ministry is our devotion to Christ.
COMMITTED. DEDICATED. ABANDONED.
It is probably not a question of what we are doing.
Rather, it is WHO ARE WE SERVING?
The answer to that will define everything we do.